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Reflections from the Crossroads

Looking for Holiday Gift Ideas for Elders?

Are you trying to figure out what gifts to get for an older family member, friend, or neighbor? Ideally, we know the person well and can think of an item that builds a bridge from us to the recipient, reflecting who we are, how we’re connected to the Elder, and what...

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How Can Body Language Help Caregivers?

Picture a person who is feeling defeated.  How do they look?  What is their posture? Chances are you imagined a person who was sort of “curled up,” with their shoulders bent and head down.  Maybe they even hold their arms crossed in front of them. This is a very...

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Accept the Gift

I don’t feel good today.  I’ve had a cold, and it’s getting old.  I’m into the coughing stage, and it gives me a headache. On a day when I don’t see clients and there is nothing that HAS to get done other than a brief (and welcomed) meeting with some of my colleagues...

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Changes at the Crossroads

I think I’m having growth spurt. Before you check out my "middle-aged middle" and start giggling, let me say how grateful I am to have so many opportunities to learn and grow, professionally and personally. (Now you can giggle!) I continue to learn every day from my...

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Rest and Renewal for Caregivers, in Only 10 Minutes!

In 2011, I wrote a blog post about the importance of regularly taking time away from caregiving, often referred to as “respite.”   At that time, I suggested that in every day, we should have a respite of at least 10 minutes or so, and in every week we should plan...

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Sorrow and Joy in the Season of Light

I am thinking a lot in this season about loved ones who have passed, and in particular about my daughter, Diane, who died almost 17 years ago in a car accident. Through much of the year I am able to stay busy with meaningful work and beloved family, but there is a...

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